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Sandston in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battle of Savage’s Station

A Fighting Withdrawal

 

—1862 Peninsula Campaign —

 
Battle of Savage’s Station Civil War Trails marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2007
1. Battle of Savage’s Station Civil War Trails marker
Inscription. On the night of June 27, 1862, following the Battle of Gaines’ Mill, Gen. George McClellan ordered a withdrawal of his Union army to the James River. In the wake of the retreating army, Savage’s Station, located one half mile in front of you along the Richmond and York River Railroad, was ordered abandoned. Having served as the army’s advance supply base during the previous month, the immense stockpiles of equipment, ordnance, and commissary stores located there were to be destroyed.

Hoping to catch McClellan on the move, Gen. Robert E. Lee ordered an attack at Savage’s Station on June 29, Confederate troops under Gen. John Magruder encountered the Federal rear guard near the station in the late afternoon. In a twilight battle, Union forces under Gen. Edwin V. “Bull” Sumner held back the Southern assaults while McClellan proceeded southward. When darkness put an end to the battle, 444 Confederates and 919 Northerners were counted as casualties. That night, Sumner withdrew from the station and followed McClellan south across White Oak Swamp.

“…the burning piles of stores and the explosion of a trainload of ammunition…showed us we were in full retreat.”
- Dr. Daniel Hand, 1st Minnesota Infantry, Sully’s Brigade, USA
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War
Battle of Savage’s Station -  1862 Peninsula Campaign image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2007
2. Battle of Savage’s Station - 1862 Peninsula Campaign
Civil War Trails marker and other markers at Savage's Station. Savage's Station was one of the Seven Days Battles fought during the Peninsula Campaign.
Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 37° 31.695′ N, 77° 16.148′ W. Marker is in Sandston, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is on Meadow Road (County Route 156), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sandston VA 23150, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Seven Days Battles - Savage’s Station (here, next to this marker); McClellan’s Withdrawal (here, next to this marker); Route to White Oak Swamp and Malvern Hill (here, next to this marker); Savage Station (here, next to this marker); Seven Days Battles (a few steps from this marker); McClellan's Third Line (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Trent House (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Seven Days Battles (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sandston.
 
More about this marker. A drawing on the upper left carries the caption: While the battle raged, the destruction of ordnance and commissary stores continued. In this scene, an ammunition train blows up while Sumner’s men fight to hold Magruder at bay.

A photo in the lower center is captioned: When
Battle of Savage's Station Battle Map image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2007
3. Battle of Savage's Station Battle Map
McClellan abandoned Savage’s Station, he left behind 2,500 wounded for whom transportation was not available. In this photo taken June 28, wounded from the battles of Beaver Dam Creek and Gaines’ Mill await treatment at a crowded hospital near the station. Although some of the Federal surgical staff elected to remain behind with the wounded, medical attention for many would come at the hands of the pursuing Confederates.


On the right side a map details the tactical situation discussed in the text.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
<i>Savage Station, Virginia. Union field hospital after the battle of June 27</i> image. Click for full size.
By James F. Gibson, 1862
4. Savage Station, Virginia. Union field hospital after the battle of June 27
Photo shows a makeshift field hospital with wounded soldiers sitting and lying on the ground while some receive care. Includes the straw-hatted Sixteenth New York Infantry who fought at Gaines' Mill on June 27. Most were captured when Confederates overtook the area during the battle of Savage's Station on June 29. (Source: Bob Zeller, Civil War in Depth, v. 1, p. 34) - Library of Congress. This is the same photograph as on the marker, but without cropping.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,627 times since then and 141 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on November 20, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on September 30, 2015. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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